Teacher and Principal Leadership

Learning From Leadership: Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning

Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement/University of Minnesota and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto   |   July 2010

This report gathers and analyzes quantitative data confirming that education leadership has a strong impact on student achievement, as measured by student test scores. The study shows that leadership makes its mark largely by strengthening a school's "professional community" - an environment where teachers work together to improve classroom instruction. It also finds that rapid turnover of principals reduces student achievement. In addition, the study shows that the highest-performing schools operate by a "collective leadership" that involves many interested players -- including parents and teachers -- in decision-making.